Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) is working toward a world where all people will have the opportunity to eat sustainable seafood. We do this by engaging with seafood industry actors up and down the supply chain to provide information and promote responsible practices and policies that will reduce environmental impacts and ensure plentiful supplies of seafood for years to come.
Our vision is one of healthy marine and aquatic ecosystems, where sustainable and secure seafood supplies are harvested by a thriving and responsible seafood economy.
Our mission is to engage with global seafood supply chains to work toward rebuilding depleted fish stocks, reducing the environmental impacts of fishing and fish farming, and ensuring sustained economic opportunities for fishing communities worldwide.
Since 2006, SFP has been a global leader in promoting fishery and aquaculture improvement projects by convening, educating, and advising supply chain stakeholders – including major retailers, restaurant chains, seafood brand owners, buyers, producers (fishers), nonprofit organizations, and fisheries management and scientific institutions – on improving fisheries and aquaculture practices and policies.
Sustainable management of seafood resources does not just mean ensuring the continued productivity of fisheries and the availability of seafood products for the world market. It also means reducing bycatch of endangered, threatened, and protected species such as sharks and sea turtles; reducing the spread of disease among aquaculture farms; eliminating the use of harmful fishing gear; and protecting the livelihoods of fishers and other seafood producers.
To meet these challenges, SFP fills a specific gap between industry and the marine conservation community, using the power of the private sector to help less well-managed fisheries meet the environmental requirements of major markets. Our work is organized around two main principles: making available up-to-date information on fisheries for the benefit of major buyers and other fisheries stakeholders; and using that information to engage all stakeholders along the supply chain to work together on fisheries improvement and move toward sustainability.
SFP has created a public database of fisheries, FishSource, which contains assessments of sustainability and improvement needs for fisheries worldwide. There are more than a thousand profiles now available, with more being added every week. FishSource reduces one of the primary barriers to seafood companies engaging in fisheries improvement, namely access to reliable and detailed information about the status of fisheries.
The information on FishSource is also linked to a software package called SFP Metrics that can advise corporate partners about the sustainability status of the fish they are ordering. This means that any company can get constantly updated fisheries information to help staff implement sustainability policies.
Once seafood companies have information, they can then identify where the problems lie in their supply chain and take action. However, trying to engage directly in a fishery, which may be thousands of miles away, is a daunting prospect for most organizations, especially when they have no in-house expertise on marine management. SFP helps to overcome this barrier by convening companies in pre-competitive supply chain roundtables and supporting practical action through fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and aquaculture improvement projects (AIPs).
By combining access to information with guidance and tools for effective action, SFP has successfully mobilized the seafood industry to support fisheries around the world in reducing their environmental impacts and sustainably managing seafood resources. We are continually working to develop new approaches to mobilizing industry while increasing our number of corporate partners and expanding the geographical spread of our operations.